Get Your Hats and Shades On and Stay Safe In The Sun

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Hats and Shades Campaign

Ahead of Sun Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), we’re encouraging local schools to get involved in our annual Hats and Shades campaign.

This campaign aims to make sure local children are clued in when it comes to staying safe in the sun. Children are invited to wear their favourite hats and shades to school for a day, in return for making a donation to support local children and young people with cancer.

Sarah Clements, Schools and Youth Fundraiser for Cancer Fund for Children explained,

“Although we don’t see a whole lot of the sun in Northern Ireland, it’s still important that we teach children from a young age about how to take care in the sun – from wearing high factor sun cream, to covering up with a hat and a long t-shirt when playing outside, and especially when the sun’s rays are at their strongest in the middle of the day.

“Hats and Shades is a campaign that aims to educate children about the very simple steps they can take to stay safe in the sun. Over the last 5 years, Cancer Fund for Children has helped to educate over 18,000 primary and nursery school children about the importance of sun safety and raised a staggering £52,000 to support local families whose lives have been impacted by cancer.”

Local Schools Stay Sun Savvy

St Ita’s Primary School in South Belfast have been taking part in Hats and Shades for over 10 years, and will once again be participating this year. Anne Gillespie, a teacher at the school said:

“As part of our Pastoral Care policy in St Ita’s we stress the importance of keeping safe in the sun. Hats and Shades is a great way of helping us promote this message to children, whilst also raising money for Cancer Fund for Children.”

Gordons Chemist support Hats and Shades

Each school that signs up to Hats and Shades will receive free sun cream, courtesy of sponsors Gordons Chemist, to help spread the sun safety message. Ryan Gordons, Marketing Manager, Gordons Chemist added,

“We are delighted to be supporting Hats and Shades once again. The campaign is a fun and interactive way to teach kids about how to protect themselves when out and about in the sun, whilst raising vital funds to support local children diagnosed with cancer. I would encourage as many schools and nurseries as possible to sign up this year so to help support this very worthwhile charity.”

Schools can hold Hat and Shades on a day of their choice. Each participating school will receive an event fundraising pack including posters, sponsor forms and fun educational tools to help get the sun safety message across and make the day a shining success!

To sign up to take part, you can register online at or email for more information.

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